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Man accused in Ohio mutilation death is an ex-con

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A 66-year-old man charged in the mutilation death of an Ohio woman has previously served time in prison for a woman's stabbing death almost 40 years ago.

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James Millard Day, Sr., 66, who is charged with murder for the mutilation death of Joan Watson, 49, is arraigned in Toledo Municipal Court. Ms. Watson was found in her West Sylv-ania Avenue apartment early Sunday.

The Blade newspaper reports James Millard Day Sr. of Toledo was convicted in 1974 of fatally stabbing a woman 23 times.

He is being held on a $1 million bond after police in Toledo found a woman's naked, mutilated body in her apartment. Day was arraigned Monday on a murder charge. He does not yet have an attorney.

An autopsy performed Monday found that 49-year-old Joan Annette Watson died of a slice wound to the left side of her neck, and she had multiple stab wounds.

Police say in court documents that Day had been in Watson's apartment drinking and using drugs.

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Man charged in mutilation death at Ohio apartment

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A 66-year-old man is being held on a $1 million bond after police in Toledo found a woman's naked, mutilated body in her apartment.

James Millard Day Sr. of Toledo was arraigned Monday on a murder charge. He does not yet have an attorney.

The Blade newspaper reports that police went to a Toledo apartment building Sunday morning after a caller told authorities that a woman was found with her chest "open." Authorities arrived to find 49-year-old Joan Annette Watson dead inside her apartment.

Police say in court documents that Day had been in the victim's apartment drinking and using drugs.

A Lucas County coroner's investigator told the newspaper that the homicide was one of the most graphic ones he's seen in his 20 years of work.

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